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6th Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - Rugby Town have third place in sight after promotion chances end

RUGBY Town were finally ruled out of the promotion mix mathematically last weekend and now have third place firmly in their sights.

Valley made it four wins on the spin at the weekend with a 2-0 victory at Rothwell Corinthians however, Hinckley LR joined Harborough in confirming a top-two finish.

Rugby now find themselves in the driving seat for third place with just four games remaining for Carl Adams’s men.

Newport Pagnell’s midweek defeat at Hinckley means the upcoming FA Vase finalists are now seven points shy of Town’s total with two games in hand.

Saturday’s success against Rothwell came courtesy of a header in each half from Jamal Clarke and David Kolodynski with assists provided from Justin Marsden and Madundo Semahimbo respectively.

Town keeper Ash Bodycote recorded a third successive clean sheet, with the relegation threatened hosts rarely troubling the Valley defence throughout.

Next up for Rugby is the visit of Wellingborough to Butlin Road this Saturday, a week ahead of their final home fixture of the campaign against another struggling side Northampton Chenecks.

Town then end the season with back-to-back away matches at Easington on Easter Monday and at Potton on Saturday, April 23.

Saturday’s visitors Wellingborough Town will be hoping for better fortune than in their two most recent fixtures at Butlin Road – both played in 2019, when Rugby saw off the Doughboys by 7-1 and 6-1 margins.

The Northamptonshire club have had a solid 2021/22 season as a whole though and currently sit in seventh spot, having also won the reverse fixture between the two sides earlier in the campaign, when Town put in a particularly below-par performance in their 1-0 defeat.

Rugby have also confirmed that a popular figure from the club’s history has recently died, with the sad news of the passing of ex-Valley man Andy Geddes after a long battle against cancer aged 62.

Wide-man Geddes started 174 games for Rugby between 1987 and 1991, having previously had a successful spell at Scottish club Dundee.

Andy’s passing comes a year on from that of his brother Paul at the age of 59.  Paul featured for the Butlin Road club in more than 100 games between 1985 and 1987 in a central defensive role.

Rugby’s match with Wellingborough takes place on Saturday, April 9 with kick-off at 3pm at Butlin Road.

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